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StarOffice Suite Companion by Solveig Haugland and Floyd Jones

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Author/s : Solveig Haugland and Floyd Jones
Publisher : Prentice Hall
Category : Miscellaneous Java
Review by : Marcus Green
Rating : 10 horseshoes

This book doesn't just tell you how StarOffice is supposed to work, it also tells
you about some of its quirks and peculiarities. It includes comments on the
differences between StarOffice and OpenOffice and pointers to other useful
resources, such as websites with information on creating macros and additional
templates that are available from the web. The book uses the
logo in the margin to indicate a tip specifically for that version of the
The tone of the book comes across as being created by people who like the
program rather than a creation of a faceless corporation. Here is an example of
the text style from the section on macros from the last chapter of the book.
"Macros can do things like open a file when you do a particular task, process
data, or buy your grandmothers' credit cards and buy $3000 worth of cat toys.
The StarOffice suite has a huge amount of functionality and this book covers
most of the functionality you are likely to use. The book is in paperback and
has a 40 page alphabetical index. It doesn't try to do it in a visual style
with a screen shot for every mouse click but via text instructions. I learnt a
huge amount of new features despite having worked extensively with StarOffice
for over two years. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who intends to use

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Hi Marcus,
Thanks! I'm glad that it was helpful. That's the thing Floyd and I had as the raven over our doors the whole time we were writing it. What if people read it and nothing they want to do is in there? Especially since they'd be right next door and could hunt us down?
Oh, and just on a general note for anyone reading, 6.0 is so much better than 5.2. (SO 6.0 and 1.0x are both way better.) I've been using Writer, Impress and Calc to write training materials and by golly, it's pretty good.
PS If you had an overwhelming urge to add that review on Amazon, I wouldn't hate you for it. ;>
[ February 22, 2003: Message edited by: Solveig Haugland ]
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I have added a much larger version of that review to the amazon reviews. If you want to see how beautiful the HTML that can be extracted from star office docs take a look at the source at
I spit out HTML from StarOffice then put it through a little perl filter and tidy and voila, a vision of beauty.
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